The coronavirus has yet again postponed another global sporting event after The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the Men’s T20 World Cup set to take place in Australia this year has been put on hold.
The ICC made the decision on Monday. This meaning there will be back-to-back men’s T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022. The discussion came about when Melbourne, which was scheduled to host seven games including the final, went back into a six-week lockdown on July 9 after a spike in coronavirus infections.
While entering Australia all travellers must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine period after arrival.
“ICC Chief executive Manu Sawhney said “ The decision gives us the best possible opportunity of delivering two safe and successful T20 World cups,”
“Our members now have the clarity they need around event windows to enable them to reschedule lost bilateral and domestic cricket.”
“We absolutely welcome the clarity, which is obviously important to make sure we can plan and deliver the best possible summer we can,” CA interim CEO Nick Hockley said.
“In terms of 2021 versus 2022 we just want to see two great events go ahead in India and Australia,” Hockley said. “If it’s 21, the plans are really, really well progressed – we’re really well placed to deliver on that.”
“But .... equally, if it’s 2022, it will be a fantastic event. In many ways it gives a little bit more time to create even more additional certainty around it, the health situation, because I think one thing, no-one knows how long this is going to last.”
It remains a possibility that India, who were meant to host the 2021 T20 World cup will still host as planned, and Australia to host the following year in 2022. However if Australia are given the green light to host in 2021 a run of world class cricket in the country will take place with a home ashes series to follow after the T20 World Cup.
India’s influential cricket board, the BCCI, is keen to keep the 2021 edition staged in India to avoid hosting back-to-back ICC events in 2022 and 2023.
Although, the postponement of the T20 has now allowed (although not confirmed) that the IPL can now take place in UAE in replace of the T20 world cup timeframe. While England’s tour of SRI Lanka that was called off in March may also be rearranged.
We had the return of test Cricket on July 8 in England with all players and staff in a bio-secure bubble. West India landed in Southampton four weeks prior to the first test in order to meet isolation restrictions that see England play a three-test series against West India before playing series against Ireland and Pakistan in Late July and August.
Author: Maddison Taylor